Quilting tribute to Le Tour

3 October 2013

Pupils at a leading North Yorkshire prep school have created their own special tribute to Le Tour Yorkshire in advance of the world’s most famous cycle race arriving in the county next year.

Youngsters at Belmont Grosvenor School, on the outskirts of Harrogate, took out their needles, threads and colourful fabrics to create a giant ‘Le Tour Comes To Yorkshire’ quilt.

Pupils entered their colourful creation in the National Festival of Quilts held at the NEC in Birmingham – and brought a ‘highly commended’ award back for the school.

Now the intricately stitched quilt, which not only includes bicycles from Le Tour Yorkshire but also features a train, hot air balloon, cars and boats, will go on display at the independent co-educational school, based at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith.

Pupils from years 3 to 6 at the ‘outstanding’ school helped stitch the quilt – and all are overjoyed with the end product.

Belmont Grosvenor School art teacher Mrs Gillian Furniss said all the pupils had worked extremely hard to create the quilt – and to receive a highly commended at an international quilting event was a real honour.

Mrs Furniss said:

They all worked really hard and really enjoyed making the quilt. It was an extension of sewing and needlework that pupils have already done during their art classes, and to create something like this was a real goal for us to work towards.

The pupils used the skills they knew already and learnt many new sewing skills too. We are going to display the quilt in school when Le Tour Yorkshire is in Harrogate – it is very exciting and is our school’s tribute to the event.


Year 6 pupil Charlotte Cook, 10, said she had loved making the quilt:

It was really good fun to do, everyone enjoyed being involved. We pricked our fingers a few times though.

We couldn’t believe it when we did so well in the competition – everyone is really pleased.

Belmont Grosvenor School is set in 20 acres of grounds just three miles from Harrogate. Along with its Magic Tree Nursery, the school caters for children from three months to 11 years.

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